Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

"Goddess of Anarchy: The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical" by Jacqueline Jones (History Faculty New Book Talk)

Tue, January 30, 2018 | GAR 4.100

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The History Faculty New Book Series presents:

Goddess of Anarchy: The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical
(Basic Books, December 2017)

by Jacqueline Jones
Chair of the History Department, Ellen C. Temple Chair in Women's History, and Mastin Gentry White Professorship in Southern History, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Jones' faculty profile page

Goddess of Anarchy
recounts the formidable life of the militant writer, orator, and agitator Lucy Parsons. Born to an enslaved woman in Virginia in 1851 and raised in Texas-where she met her husband, the Haymarket "martyr" Albert Parsons-Lucy was a fearless advocate of First Amendment rights, a champion of the working classes, and one of the most prominent figures of African descent of her era. And yet, her life was riddled with contradictions-she advocated violence without apology, concocted a Hispanic-Indian identity for herself, and ignored the plight of African Americans.

Drawing on a wealth of new sources, Jacqueline Jones presents not only the exceptional life of the famous American-born anarchist but also an authoritative account of her times-from slavery through the Great Depression.

Jacqueline Jones holds the Ellen C. Temple Chair in Women's History and the Mastin Gentry White Professorship in Southern History at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Jacqueline Jones is chair of the University of Texas at Austin History Department, where she teaches courses in American history. She is the author of several books, including, most recently, A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America (2013). That book and Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery to the Present (25th Anniversary Edition, 2010) were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize; Labor of Love won the Bancroft Prize for 1986. Other works include Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War, 1854-1872 (2008); Creek Walking: Growing Up in Delaware in the 1950s (2001); A Social History of the Laboring Classes from Colonial Times to the Present (1999); American Work: Four Centuries of Black and White Labor (1998); The Dispossessed: America’s Underclasses from the Civil War to the Present (1993); and Soldiers of Light and Love: Northern Teachers and Georgia Blacks, 1865-1873 (1992). She has won numerous grants and awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship (1999-2004). She served as Vice President for the Professional Division of the American Historical Association from 2011 to 2014.

Dr. Jones’ research has been featured over a dozen times on Not Even Past and 15 Minute History. Here are just a few of her many interviews, original essays, and podcasts: History in a “Post-Truth” Era; The Works of Steven Hahn; Loving v. Virginia; Why I Ban the Word “Feminism” from My Classes; Jim Crow: A Reading List; The Myth of Race in America (podcast); On the Myth of Race in America; The Emancipation Proclamation reaches Savannah; and “For a Gunner”: A World War II Love Story.

No RSVP needed. Please email to receive a copy of the reading selection to be discussed.

Sponsored by: Center for the Study of Race and Democracy; Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

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